The clocks of the future may increase our well-being, but affect “work performance” due to lack of sleep, said an expert.
The clocks will move forward one hour tomorrow (Sunday) at 1am to mark the start of UK Daylight Saving Time.
According to Dr. Audrey Tang, a licensed psychologist and author of The Leader’s Guide To Resilience, however, the shift could bring a “mixed bag” of reactions to our lives.
Dr. Tang said, “When we sleep less, it means not only that we are more likely to feel stress, but also that we increase our cortisol levels.”
“We don’t make so much hormone that we’re less hungry, which means we eat more too.”
“That and lack of sleep all have collateral damage, which comes from getting more irritable, which can damage your relationships.
“You can’t concentrate, which is affecting your work performance. If you can’t sleep, our immune systems are weakened.”
Dr. Tang said, however, that the watches of the future will expose us to more sunlight because more time is spent outdoors, which “increases” our wellbeing.
She added, “Because many people are naturally more responsive to daylight, we feel happier and brighter when the sun is shining.
“Not only do we benefit from the extended hours we can enjoy, but we’re also in a better mood when we do, which in turn has the positive cycle of improving our mood and keeping us energized for longer.”
Dr. Tang said that as the evenings get lighter, people can improve their sleep patterns by having a bedtime routine like darkening your room, putting a glass of water next to your bed, and turning off your phone.
She said, “Find out what works for you and then do a routine that works for you.
“As humans, we respond very well to routines, so it might be more difficult at first, but when we try one of these we actually get a nice pattern that we can then use further.”
Dr. Tang went on to say that those who work one shift this weekend should go to bed an hour early and make sure their bedroom is “ready to sleep.”